AI WEIWEI SPEAKS FROM CHINA ON BEING BARRED FROM VISITING HIS BROOKLYN MUSEUM SHOW
Persecuted Chinese artist Ai Weiwei‘s biggest ever solo exhibition opened today at the Brooklyn Museum. But prior to an 81-day detention by Chinese authorities in 2011, Ai’s passport was confiscated, and he cannot travel to coordinate or even see his own exhibit. The Brooklyn show includes “Sacred,” a depiction of his incarceration in six dioramas, in its first North American appearance.
National Geographic met and spoke with Ai in Beijing where he lives.
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